Life in Japan

Free Public Libraries in Tokyo – Free Japanese Learning Textbooks – Guide and FAQ

Looking for a quiet place in Tokyo to study Japanese without having to pay any money?  Want to be able to loan free study materials – such as Japanese learning...

Most Popular Japanese Surnames – Meanings, History, Illustrated Guide

Did you know that not until the Meiji era (1868 – 1912), ordinary Japanese men and women did not have any surnames? Today, Japan has a shockingly high number of...

Permanent Resident Visa in Japan – How-to Apply Guide and Explanation of Highly Skilled Foreign Professional Point System

Looking to apply for permanent residency in Japan but clueless about how to do so? In this blog, we will explain to you how everything works and share with you...

Getting off the train in Japan – How to be polite in Japan – Must-use Phrase

  How to leave a crowded train in Japan – Getting off the train in Japan If you live in Japan, you are probably used to rush-hour trains. In the...

How to ask for a picture with a Maiko or a Geisha – Japan Travel Tip

Kyoto is world famous for its Gion District and the Geisha that work there.  If you would like to take pictures of Geisha or Maiko – there is a polite...

Kagurazaka Neighborhood Guide

Kagurazaka Illustrated Neighborhood Guide with Sample Tour Plan   Click here for a Sample 1 Day Walking Tour Restaurants Iidabashi Sakura Terrace CANAL Cafe Peko-chan yaki Fuj...

UR HOUSING in Tokyo: Finding an Affordable / Convenient Apartment in Tokyo or Yokohama

Are you looking for an Apartment in Tokyo?  Do you already live in Japan? If you are a foreign resident in Tokyo you may have already experienced the headache of...

History of Tea Ceremony – 5Ws 1H answered!

The traditional Japanese tea ceremony (茶道, sadō or chadō, lit. “the way of tea” or 茶の湯, chanoyu. “hot-water tea”) has its history rooted in the princip...

BEST Tattoo Friendly Onsen and Sento in Tokyo and Yokohama (Related Vocabulary)

In this article, we will share with you several options for tattoo friendly onsen close to and within Tokyo. Much more than simple traditional local sento baths! This article inclu...

Life in Japan: How to Order Coffee in Japanese

For most people in Japan, coffee is an essential part of daily life. Japan takes their coffee game rather seriously, however ordering coffee in a foreign language can be intimidati...

Learning Japanese in Tokyo without a Visa – FAQ

Many of our prospective students are confused about whether or not it requires a student visa to study Japanese language in Japan. This blog will answer several questions related t...

Japanese Insults: Insults and Being Rude in Japanese

Japan has a reputation for being an extremely polite and formal country. On the surface the culture seems very hospitable – but what about when it isn’t? Like any other...